About Us

About Us

About Us


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality mental health services for individuals, couples, and families of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County regardless of socioeconomic status.

The Community Counseling Center (CCC) is a private, nonprofit organization offering affordable professional counseling services to residents of the Central Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. For CCC, affordable means allowing many forms of payment including insurance options, self-pay, Medicaid and a generous sliding fee scales based on income.

The Center is a non-profit 501c3 organization and welcomes tax-deductible donations to support its mission.

Meet Our Team

Brian Martin

Brian Martin, LPC, Executive Director

Brian Martin is a licensed professional counselor and has been the Executive Director of the Community Counseling Center since August 2018. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in 2011 and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University in 2013. Brian has a background doing intensive in-home counseling for at-risk children and has experience with individual children, adults, and parents. Brian’s counseling includes structural family counseling as well as client-centered, emotion-focused and attachment-based counseling. He was originally drawn to counseling after seeing the potential for helping others while he studied psychology at Goshen College.  In his free time, Brian enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.

Jamie Hiner

Jamie Hiner, LPC

Jamie Hiner is a licensed professional counselor and has been a part of the Harrisonburg community for over a decade. Jamie has a passion for working with identity exploration, sexuality, LGBTQAI+ communities, depression, and college students. She enjoys a collaborative, holistic, and integrative approach to therapy that may include expressive arts, sandtray, and traditional talk therapy. She believes in authenticity and welcomes clients to bring their full Selves into the room. Jamie continues to broaden and improve her cultural competency. Jamie enjoys time with her dog, pots of tea, long books, and attempting to keep plants alive.

Alyssa Burkholder, Resident in Counseling

Alyssa Burkholder is a resident in counseling who graduated from EMU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Alyssa enjoys working with all ages but has additional experience working with adults in various case management and crisis stabilization roles. Alyssa takes a person-centered approach that is infused with interpersonal process, emotion-focused, and mindful self-compassion techniques. She believes in the importance of individuals feeling heard and understood, and tries her best to offer that in the counseling space. Outside of her work at CCC, Alyssa enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading a good thriller, getting out in nature, traveling, and cuddling up with her cat Macchi.

Liza E. Koonin

Liza E. Koonin, LCSW

Liza Koonin (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker originally from the Washington, DC area. Liza identifies as part of and is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, Autism/ADHD Spectrum and the adoption triad. Liza enjoys working with people in transitional times in their lives, including young adult and retirement ages. Liza is a native Russian speaker and can offer therapy sessions in Russian. In her time away from the therapy office, Liza enjoys bonding with her human and furry family members, practicing the Japanese martial art of Aikido, volunteering with her therapy cat, Old Bay and taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Chuck Richards

Charles Richards, Resident in Counseling

Chuck Richards has a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. He is happy to join the team here at the Community Counseling Center. Most of his counseling experience has been working with children. The last two years he worked in a school in Rockingham County as a TDT counselor. He has experience working with families and children as a In-home counselor and as a mentor. Previous to that experience he was a Special Education teacher and a residential counselor at a specialized school outside of Charlottesville. He resides in Staunton with his wife and six year old daughter. He specializes in working with children and families.

Brendaly Nieves Santiago

Brendaly Santiago, LCSW

Brendaly Santiago is a bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Community Counseling Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Mennonite University and her MSW from Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio, TX. Brendaly works relentlessly to change the lives of children and families in need and challenge sociocultural barriers. Brendaly has a background working with at-risk youth, families in transition, and individuals with co-occurring disorders. She uses a combination of solution-focused approaches, CBT, trauma-informed care, and attachment theories to support people on their path to wellness. Brendaly coordinates the ASAM-approved Substance Abuse program and facilitates the Spanish Co-parenting course and Anger Management classes. Brendaly enjoys spending time with her son, watching K-dramas, and reading webtoons in her free time.

Debi Brinkley

Deborah Brinkley, LCSW

Deborah Brinkley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an MSW from the University of New England, Maine. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the board of the Arc of Augusta.  Debi is a dedicated supporter of equal access and opportunity for all.  She works tirelessly to find creative, holistic, and effective ways to improve the well-being of people through all disciplines of life. She is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and for the development of appropriate systems to enable people to be successful. Debi conducts Substance use disorders/ASAM certified assessments and provides supervision for both the Substance Abuse program and LCSW supervisees.  She also facilitates the Coparenting Class at CCC.

Kathryn Moyer, Office Manager

Kathryn Moyer, Office Manager

Our Board Members

Jim Elmore – President

Grant Penrod – Vice Chair

Bonnie Andrade – Treasurer

Liz Wells

David Galgano

Joseph Lynch

Akiel Baker

Our History

The Community Counseling Center has been serving Virginians since 1972, and is the oldest service of its kind in the area. All of our staff are licensed in their area or practice, or are under the close supervision of licensed professionals.  As a non-profit organization, CCC is governed by a volunteer board of directors, consisting of a variety of community members committed to our mission. 

Community Counseling Center
Community Counseling Center

Throughout much of its history, the Center has been known as The Center For Marriage and Family Counseling.  In 2019 it was decided that the name would change to its original name, the Community Counseling Center, in order to better represent the range of mental health and related services that the Center provides.

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